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The Rainbow (1989)

A young woman deals in her own personal way with the trials of adolescence and young adulthood in early 1900s England.

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MacAllister
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Ken Russell's loose adaptation of the last part of D.H. Lawrence's "The Rainbow" sees impulsive young Ursula coming of age in pastoral England around the time of the Boer War. At school, she is introduced to lovemaking by a bisexual physical education instructress. While experiencing disillusionment in her first career attempt (teaching), she has an affair with a young Army officer, who wants to marry her. Unable to accept a future of domesticity, she breaks with him, and eventually leaves home in search of her destiny. Written by Anonymous

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26 May 1989 (USA)  »

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Ken Russell originally developed the screenplay for The Rainbow (1989) with producers Michael Nolin and Charles Roven, but choose to make Crimes of Passion (1984) instead, when the production funding for that movie came through first. See more »

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Merchant and Ivory Do Cinemax
25 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This plays like a Cinemax Saturday Night Special, with Merchant and Ivory production values. I watched it for one reason and one reason only: to see what Amanda Donohoe of "L.A. Law" fame did when she wasn't playing an Australian-Accented lawyer named C.J. on TV. After sitting through this soft core dreck, now I know: making soft core dreck.

Sammi Davis (the "actress"--not to be confused with the one-eyed Rat Pack dude) plays the giggling coming-of-age gal who falls for this soldier guy and finds pleasure under the moon and near a waterfall. If you're into expository walks through flowery gardens and scenes that remind you of a low-budget cross between "Emma" and "Pink Floyd's The Wall", this flick's for you.

But you know, I'm the kind of guy who falls for low-budget crosses between "Emma" and "The Wall". I mean, Amanda Donohoe is no Susan Dey, and Sammi Davis is no J-Lo, and D.H. Lawrence is no Anais Nin, but I'm a sucker for croquet, sex and badminton. If it wasn't for the croquet, sex and badminton--this would get a 1. With it, it gets a 6. No wait, I just checked to see what Sammi Davis' most recent movie was: something called "Soft Toilet Seats". I'm going to have to cut this down to a 5. Even with the badminton.


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